Rising food prices make it harder for families on assistance programs to get by

Aug 12, 2020
With the pandemic, there are now 43 million people signed up for food assistance through SNAP.
One food bank network director says that even during good times, "the SNAP subsidy is often not sufficient."
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Prices for U.S. consumers are up where it matters most

For things like groceries and gasoline, prices are actually up.
Inflation isn't entirely dead. Where it matters most, in the cost of food and the cost of energy, prices are going up.
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Why your Thanksgiving meal will be a bargain

Nov 24, 2016
Food prices have been down all year. Yes, even turkey prices.
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Critics cluck over a benchmark for chicken prices

Nov 23, 2016
A common price index for chicken meat is raising questions.
A woman inspects frozen chicken on sale at a supermarket on 10 March 2006. 
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The economics of wasting food

Apr 20, 2016
What would be the economic effect if Americans wasted less food?
A family of four spends about $1,500 a year on food they don't eat.
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Drought creates crop uncertainty into next year

Dec 11, 2012
The Department of Agriculture's final report for 2012 says farm income increased despite the drought, because of high prices for crops that made it to market. But the drought is continuing into winter and could affect next year's harvests.

How the drought may dampen holiday dinner

Nov 23, 2012
The drought has already affected livestock feed prices. Holiday dinner shopping list prices may be next.

Interactive: How far will $35 go at the grocery store through the decades?

Oct 26, 2012
Weather, speculation, and the economy all impact food prices. So are you paying more for groceries today than in decades past? Find out with the Marketplace Grocery Shop Simulator.